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Fox
Hi,

I am working on a project which
used dictionaries. I am having
to remake part of this and have
no experience with the
scripting dictionary.

I need to see how to create multiple
dictionaries within one dictionary.
Can someone point me to some
reading materials on this where I
might see an example as well?

Thanks,
Fox
Jul 22 '05 #1
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Dictionaries cannot contain dictionaries. You can have an array of
dictionaries though. But why are you using all these dictionaries? Do you
work at an insurance company in SE Pennsylvania, by chance?

Ray at work

"Fox" <fox @ connexions.net> wrote in message
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Hi,

I am working on a project which
used dictionaries. I am having
to remake part of this and have
no experience with the
scripting dictionary.

I need to see how to create multiple
dictionaries within one dictionary.
Can someone point me to some
reading materials on this where I
might see an example as well?

Thanks,
Fox

Jul 22 '05 #2
Fox
Good question.
I am redoing a site for an event which requires
a somewhat complex registration. One option is
a family option. This means they can register
a number of competitors on the same credit card.
So I need to keep track of the info for each of the
registering competitors, during that session, until
they check out and submit the credit card.

There are quite a few options/fields for each competitor.
The previous incarnation of this AP uses a scripting
dictionary to hold the info until the credit card is
processed. Then it commits the data for all the
competitors in that family's session, to the database.

I am being asked to do it the same way, but I do not
know how this quite works. The original code is over
my head and too complex with variables for me to
figure out all that is going on.

The bottom line is that I need a way to
keep the registration data in memory, for
each registrant in that session, until the
mom or whoever then submits the credit card.
For reasons to not be explained here, I cannot
commit the data to the database beforehand.
I must keep it in memory.

If you can give me a clue or point me to where
I might learn how to handle this, I would greatly
appreciate it.

Regards,
Fox

"Ray Costanzo [MVP]" <my first name at lane 34 dot commercial> wrote in
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Dictionaries cannot contain dictionaries. You can have an array of
dictionaries though. But why are you using all these dictionaries? Do you work at an insurance company in SE Pennsylvania, by chance?

Ray at work

"Fox" <fox @ connexions.net> wrote in message
news:Ox**************@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
Hi,

I am working on a project which
used dictionaries. I am having
to remake part of this and have
no experience with the
scripting dictionary.

I need to see how to create multiple
dictionaries within one dictionary.
Can someone point me to some
reading materials on this where I
might see an example as well?

Thanks,
Fox


Jul 22 '05 #3
Fox
Note that there are 103 fields to
be remembered for each registrant.
This means that I have to keep each
of them in memory, related by their
family ID, until the credit card check
out. Then each is committed as a
separate record. I am told by the
hosts of the server, that they want
me to use the dictionary to limit the
accessing of the database to only
when necessary. Otherwise I would
commit all the data to the database and
then enable the record if the payment
was successful. But, I am not allowed
to do this.

Regards,
Fox

"Ray Costanzo [MVP]" <my first name at lane 34 dot commercial> wrote in
message news:e5**************@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
Dictionaries cannot contain dictionaries. You can have an array of
dictionaries though. But why are you using all these dictionaries? Do you work at an insurance company in SE Pennsylvania, by chance?

Ray at work

"Fox" <fox @ connexions.net> wrote in message
news:Ox**************@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
Hi,

I am working on a project which
used dictionaries. I am having
to remake part of this and have
no experience with the
scripting dictionary.

I need to see how to create multiple
dictionaries within one dictionary.
Can someone point me to some
reading materials on this where I
might see an example as well?

Thanks,
Fox


Jul 22 '05 #4
"Fox" wrote in message news:eW**************@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
: Note that there are 103 fields to
: be remembered for each registrant.
: This means that I have to keep each
: of them in memory, related by their
: family ID, until the credit card check
: out. Then each is committed as a
: separate record. I am told by the
: hosts of the server, that they want
: me to use the dictionary to limit the
: accessing of the database to only
: when necessary. Otherwise I would
: commit all the data to the database and
: then enable the record if the payment
: was successful. But, I am not allowed
: to do this.
:
: Regards,
: Fox
:
: "Ray Costanzo [MVP]" <my first name at lane 34 dot commercial> wrote in
: message news:e5**************@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
: > Dictionaries cannot contain dictionaries. You can have an array of
: > dictionaries though. But why are you using all these dictionaries? Do
: you
: > work at an insurance company in SE Pennsylvania, by chance?
: >
: > Ray at work
: >
: > "Fox" <fox @ connexions.net> wrote in message
: > news:Ox**************@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
: > > Hi,
: > >
: > > I am working on a project which
: > > used dictionaries. I am having
: > > to remake part of this and have
: > > no experience with the
: > > scripting dictionary.
: > >
: > > I need to see how to create multiple
: > > dictionaries within one dictionary.
: > > Can someone point me to some
: > > reading materials on this where I
: > > might see an example as well?

If you're keys for each dictionary are 1-103 with the associated answer in
the items, the dictionaries are indexed for each registrant, you can keep
track of the indexed dictionaries in a variable as a counter.

Most likely the payment portion should be in it's own dictionary.

dx = dictionary
Ex.
d0 = Payment information. ' dictionary 0
d1 = First registrant ' dictionary 1
d2 = Second registrant ' dictionary 2
ndx = 2 ' variable to hold registrant index

ndx will be 1 for only 1 person and x for x number of persons being
registered all being paid for by the same credit card.

Not see code makes it difficult but this is a simple possibility if it will
work with your code.

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Jul 22 '05 #5
Fox wrote:
I am working on a project which
used dictionaries. I am having
to remake part of this and have
no experience with the
scripting dictionary.
I need to see how to create multiple
dictionaries within one dictionary.


Given one dictionary name(we'll call it "dict1") and a second dictionary
name ("dict2") then to store the variables (name, age, address,...) for
each merely concatenate the dictionary name with the variable name, and
store/retrieve to/from a single Dictionary object ("BigDict") e.g.:
name1 = BigDict.Item("dict1" & "name")
age1 = BigDict.Item("dict1" & "age" )
....
name2 = BigDict.Item("dict2" & "name")
age2 = BigDict.Item("dict2" & "age" )
....

Now everything's in one dictionary, BigDict, as you requested.

But you might better use the Session object, since it is addressed in a
similar manner and is more readily accessible:
name1 = Session("dict1" & "name")
age1 = Session("dict1" & "age" )
....
name2 = Session("dict2" & "name")
age2 = Session("dict2" & "age" )
....
Jul 22 '05 #6

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